Hawthorne Park Slot Car Club
BRM Saloon (Historic Touring Cars)
Sponsored by Copper Braid Products Ltd
August 2019 – after months of expectation a real buzz existed in the clubroom of the Hawthorne Park Slot Car Club as everyone had a new 1/24th scale BRM historic touring car model to race and enjoy – all enabled by the generosity of our long term club sponsor Copper Braid Products Ltd.
Our sponsor had both funded a magnificent trophy to be awarded at the end of the racing series and contributed toward the cost of the new car that every club member was now lucky enough to own, enjoy and race.
All of the slot cars were manufactured by BRM and were complete models in every detail of the real racing cars that pounded the race tracks of Europe back in the 1970’s…..but these models were built to race ….not to stand silent on a shelf and collect dust.
Friday night – August 16th 2019 and after all the discussion about which car to choose – Ford Escort ?.. Mini ? ..NSU TT ?.. Fiat Abarth ? ..Renault ?… at last racing would happen and some winners be declared.
Heat 1 – the cars all look and sound fantastic racing around the track – Ted Martin wins with 2 Mini’s close behind – his best lap of 9.0 seconds sets the first lap record in this class.
Heat 2 sees Escorts first and second – this time with Geoff Taylor and Pete Crane driving – while the Renault of Phil Clayton and Mini of Paul Minnis give spirited chase – but none come close to the time set by Ted Martin in heat 1.
Heat 3 – Barry Friess is the holder of the outright lap record at Hawthorne Park Slot Car Club (7.1 seconds !) and is well known for being an expert tuner of Mini slot cars – so it was no surprise that he both won this heat and set a new lap record of 8.9 seconds during a great dice with an Escort beautifully driven by Mike Guy.
Heat 4 – Geoff Taylor and Pete Crane driving identical red and gold Escorts race together swapping places – but neither is quick enough because…..
Heat 5 – Ted Martin unleashed his fearsome flying Fiat – perfectly set up and well run in – Ted pilots it to perfection setting a new 8.6 second lap record on the way to being the first driver to record over 20 laps in a heat.
Heat 6 – Phil Clayton driving a Renault Gordini and Pete Wright driving a Mini Cooper S enjoy a good panel bashing dice together – but the formation flying of the red and gold Escort team of Pete Crane and Geoff Taylor sees them hold on for another win.
Heat 7 – the best race of the evening – Barry Friess driving his Mini Cooper S, Mike Guy his Escort, Pete Wright his Mini and Ted Martin back with his Escort – all lead the race at one time or another – Ted just takes the win by inches.
Heat 8 – Paul Minnis has his Mini Cooper working well and looks set for the heat win until a small off allows Pete Crane to sneak through with Phil Clayton and Geoff Taylor squabbling over 3rd place.
Everyone agrees that the racing has been really enjoyable and that the new class is already a big hit…… good looking cars that drive well and are all evenly matched equals great racing and a good night out at the Hawthorne Park Slot Car Club.
Ted Martin is a key member of the Hawthorne Park slot car club and was instrumental in bringing this new class to life – so it seems fitting that he ends up winning the first round of racing – well done Ted.
The magnificent Copper Braid Products Trophy will be awarded at the end of the series – Ted Martin presently in the lead.